Lander Region Game and Fish reviews herd unit objectives

(Lander, Wyo.) – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is holding a public meeting at 6 p.m. on May 15 at the Lander Regional Office (260 Buena Vista Dr) to discuss herd management objectives for the Badwater pronghorn herd, and the Green Mountain and South Wind River elk herds.  The Badwater pronghorn herd consists of hunt area 75; the Green Mountain elk herd consists of hunt areas 24 and 128, and the South Wind River elk herd consists of hunt areas 25, 27, 28, and 99.

Jason Hunter, Lander regional supervisor said the meetings will provide an opportunity for sportsman, landowners, and other interested parties to provide input on the management of the herds.  “These meetings will focus on herd unit objectives, which are population targets the Game and Fish sets for each herd,” Hunter said.  “Specifically, we are proposing the Green Mountain and South Wind River elk herds be managed with alternative objectives based on mid-winter trend counts rather than post season population size estimates.”

Although the Game and Fish review herd unit objectives every year when hunting seasons are set, herd objectives will be formally evaluated in five year intervals to ensure a high level of public involvement.  In addition to the hunting public, landowners and federal agencies are also asked to provide input since they manage the habitat these animals use throughout the year.

The meeting will begin with a short presentation on the history and status of each herd unit followed by a question and answer session and public comment period.